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10 quick ideas for leftover turkey

turkey sandwich from Thanksgiving leftovers
turkey sandwich from Thanksgiving leftovers (Photo credit: kthread)


Solutions for leftover turkey


No matter how much turkey you eat on Thanksgiving, there are always leftovers. Nothing tastes as good as turkey sandwiches with a smear of cranberry sauce and mayo on pumpernickel bread for maybe Black Friday, but beyond that here are 10 delicious ideas to rev up leftover turkey appeal:

Turkey Soup
Pile in leftover turkey, the carcass, leftover veggies, some noodles or diced raw potatoes, and a carton of chicken or turkey broth. Simmer for an hour.

Turkey Salad
Dice cold turkey; make candied walnuts or spicy pecans, perhaps some goat cheese sprinkles over a bed of spinach or other greens. Add cranberry sauce to vinaigrette. Whisk. Dress the salad.

Turkey Pot Pie
Take leftover turkey and leftover stuffing (in my house there is never any leftover stuffing!) and mix with a can of cream of mushroom soup. Add a few handfuls of frozen peas; mix. Place in a casserole dish and top with French-fried onions. Bake 350-degrees until heated through and crusty.

BBQ Turkey Sliders
Sauté a bunch of green onions until wilted. Add 2 cups of shredded turkey to the pan. Add 2/3 cup of your favorite bottled BBQ sauce and 2 tsp. red cider vinegar. Simmer for 25 minutes. Serve on mini buns or brioche with pickles on the side.

Mac & Cheese & Turkey
You can always add shredded or diced turkey to your favorite mac & cheese for some added protein. For spice, add a can of diced green chilies.

Turkey Nachos
Make nachos like you always do but instead of adding ground beef or beans, substitute shredded turkey plus lots of cheese, jalapenos, salsa, olives. Melt cheese & dab with sour cream, if desired.

Turkey Quesadilla
Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and place one tortilla on the bottom, add turkey, jalapenos, cheddar and jack cheese and top with another tortilla. Cook on low for a couple of minutes and flip and cook for another couple of minutes until turkey is cooked and cheese is melted. Cut into fourths and serve.

Turkey Gumbo
Look for an easy gumbo recipe that includes chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage. Substitute turkey for the chicken. Add some canned artichokes too. Don’t forget the Cajun spice!

Turkey Pizza
You will need a prepared frozen crust. Possible toppings include red sauce, cheese, mushrooms, and diced turkey OR take some of that BBQ turkey from above and add chopped red onions and cheese OR go white with diced turkey, cheese, mushrooms, and roasted garlic.

And if you simply don’t feel like more than a next day turkey sandwich, freeze the remainder of turkey in small packets and use when you have the urge for any of the above. Happy Thanksgiving


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